Some want immigration proposal postponed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A small group of religious leaders and lawmakers says legislators should hold off on passing an illegal immigration bill this year and study the legislation's consequences instead.

Republican Representative Michael Murphy of Indianapolis says more legislators are becoming aware of problems with the bill, which would punish companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

The legislation is currently in two different bills, but neither has had a conference committee hearing where final versions of bills are negotiated.

Republican Senator Mike Delph of Carmel says the people of Indiana want the state to act on illegal immigration since the federal government hasn't.

He says he hopes the legislation will come up for a final vote before the legislative session ends March 14th.

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